When you think of Valentine's Day you probably think of flowers, chocolates, and notes sealed with a kiss - not whipping women with dead animals or martyrdom. But it turns out this sweet and loving commercial holiday has its roots in pagan rituals and good old-fashioned Christian rebranding. Oh, and selling you cards.
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This Valentine's Day, you may have arranged a fancy meal for your loved one. You've budgeted for everything: A few appetisers, entreés and a stealthily split dessert. When you get to the restaurant, the lighting is just right, the music is soothing, and you're feeling pretty good about where the night may lead. And then the waiter brings you the wine menu.
In times past, it was pretty easy for an aspiring suitor to establish their culinary cred: simply take one’s Valentine down the road for the local version of surf 'n' turf and order a bottle of Lancers or Blue Nun to wash it down. Job done.
How times have changed. The interest in food TV has created a whole generation of home and wannabe restaurant Masterchefs. And wine has also been swept along: “natural”, “alternative” and biodynamic are les mots du jour.
Valentine's Day is a holiday that can't escape symbolism and, besides hearts, roses are the most recognisable supposed sign of love and affection associated with February 14. You can give a dozen or so, sure, but if you like your gifts to be a little more edible, consider working a little rose water into your cooking.
Love is a complex and powerful force, one that plays out in a number of emotional, cognitive and social ways. According to the late psychologist John Alan Lee, there are six broad styles of love: Agape, Ludus, Storge, Eros, Mania and Pragma. We look at each in turn to help you determine the type of lover you are and the type of lover you need.
Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. Valentine's Day will be here soon but, rather than make a bubbly, rose-scented cocktail, I've decided to enlist the sinister blood orange for a less twee take on the holiday.
Hello friends, and welcome back to Will It Sous Vide?, the column where I usually make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator. Today we're making a sexy little dish that's impressive without requiring a whole lot of effort on your part: Sous vide lobster tails.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to start planning a fabulous spread for your significant other. Assuming they aren't lactose intolerant, a cheese platter is a pretty good way to go - but only if you don't skimp on quality. As luck would have it, the 2018 Australian Grand Dairy Awards have already done the hard work for you.
It is, ironically, difficult to have a pleasant date night on Valentine's Day, when every "nice" restaurant replaces their normal menu with a mandatory and expensive prix fixe. Some couples actually like those dinners, and have a fun pre-packaged date night. Other couples like to cook at home, or to ignore the holiday altogether. But if you want to have a typical "date night" out on February 14, your options will feel limited. Here's how to navigate that strait.
The perfect romantic meal should be easy to prepare, easy to clean up, and not so filling that you're too weighed down to enjoy other, uh, activities. A steak dinner is never unwelcome, but it's a bit heavy, and you don't want to smoke up the house or fret about overcooking a rib eye. Luckily, there a bunch of dishes you can make to wow your sweetie, even if you're not quite Top Chef Material.